Works

The nature of Part 3 means that lessons are organized around literary works. Because Part 3 works should be contextually rich in order to meet the intended learning outcomes, they may require research that goes beyond the text itself. 

In the following pages you can see how contextually rich, literary works have been explored in depth. If you are interested in studying these particular works, these pages provide a step by step approach. If you are working on other literary texts in class, you can consult these pages for inspiration and reference.

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Deborah Walker 20 April 2017 - 14:55

Hi David,
Again, I am running out of time, but I have Hamlet and Metamorphosis for my part three. Is Metamorphosis in the PLT. I can't find it, but the IB Literature teacher said it is there. If it is not, please suggest something short and appropriate that I might do.

David McIntyre 22 April 2017 - 02:41

Hi Deborah,

Metamorphosis is not on the PLT (as far as I can see). Kafka is (in the short story section). I think, technically, Metamorphosis is best regarded as a novella, and thus, you would really require to study a second text by Kafka for this to qualify as a 'work'. Possibly, students could respond to a Paper 2 prompt through discussing (only) Metamorphosis and Hamlet. However, I think it is better I leave this decision to your professional judgment.

Best regards,

David

Tim Pruzinsky 22 April 2017 - 02:43

Hi Deborah,

Kakfa is listed for short stories, but I think I would consider "Metamorphosis" a novella. It's quite a fraught area and so I would advise this: If you want to teach Kakfa's "The Metamorphosis" ask IB Answers on the OCC. If they say okay, do so. I'm not comfortable saying that "The Metamorphosis" is a short story and not a novella or having that debate. IB Answers is the way to go on this one.

If you need short texts for your PLT choice "Death and the Maiden" can be read in under 2 hours. "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is quite short. I don't know your Part 4 works, but I am assuming that you can choose whatever genre you'd like here. Lastly, "A Doll's House" might work for you.

Best,
Tim

Katherine Adisa 11 May 2017 - 23:12

When choosing a work in translation, my understanding that it must be from the list and it must have been written in a language other than English. I have a new colleague coming from another school who is saying that as long as the work comes from the list of works in translation it doesn't matter what its original language is. Can you clarify?

Tim Pruzinsky 12 May 2017 - 00:20

Hi Katherine,

It must be a work in translation. For us, in English, that means it must have been written in a language other than English.

The PLT is designed for all languages. As such, texts originally written in English appear on it. In that way ,for example, students studying French L/L can read a text originally written in English as their work in translation.

We cannot study the English text as it is not in translation, even if it appears on the PLT. I hope that clarifies any confusion.

Best,
Tim

Annabel Greve Kristensen 19 June 2017 - 12:14

Hello Tim and David,

Thinking ahead to my next cohort, I would like to change my Part 3 texts. This year I taught my 2i SLs Edgar Allen Poe stories and 'No Exit'. It worked out well (I think!) as they were a small and very able class, however, I think that these texts might be too challenging in terms of context for some of my next cohort. I would very much like to teach 'The Crucible' but I am struggling to choose a work from the PLT that would go nicely with it. I'm considering doing To Kill a Mockingbird again as a third text for HL students. Do you have any words of wisdom?

Thank you!
Annabel.

Tim Pruzinsky 20 June 2017 - 01:13

Hi Annabel,

If you want another play, many people teach Ibsen ("A Doll's House," "Hedda Gabler" or "Ghosts."). "Death and the Maiden" would pair well with "The Crucible." If you are looking for a novel, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is a possibility as is "So Long a Letter."

As for "To Kill a Mockingbird," I love the text, but if you are looking for something written recently, Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" is phenomenal.

Because I don't know your students or your context, it's tough to give exact recommendations, but I think checking out the texts mentioned above is a good starting place.

Best,
Tim

Annabel Greve Kristensen 20 June 2017 - 10:19

Hi Tim,

This is wonderful, thank you so much! I will get reading!

Best,
Annabel

Mariam Hussain 23 August 2017 - 06:07

Hi Tim/David,
I want to teach my students a freely chosen text for Part 3, that is "Twilight in Delhi" by Ahmad Ali along with "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf, "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen and @ HL ive thought of Anton Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard".
Are these safe choices?
Regards,
Mariam Hussain

Tim Pruzinsky 23 August 2017 - 07:33

Hi Mariam,

You should have only two texts at SL and three at HL. It looks like you have four total texts. At SL, you'll have to decide what is your work in translation (Ibsen or Chekov) and what is your free choice (Woolf or Ali).

Pick the ones, at SL, that you think pair well together.

Best,
Tim

Mariam Hussain 23 August 2017 - 08:50

Tim,
I know exactly, it is just that I'm trying to make a choice from this list i have shortlisted. at SL i have chosen to the Lighthouse and Hedda Gabler and at HL with these two i have taken Chekov. Now i plan to change one choice with Twilight in Delhi...so asking for a suggestion.

Regards,
Mariam.

Tim Pruzinsky 24 August 2017 - 00:44

Hi Mariam,

Thanks for clarifying. For me personally, at HL, I would drop Chekov and put in "Twilight." Ibsen and Woolf seem to pair well together and so I would keep those two texts. I don't know "Twilight," but since you want to teach it, I wouldn't teach "The Cherry Orchard" and I would instead teach "Twilight."

Best,
Tim

Mariam Hussain 24 August 2017 - 05:00

Thanks a lot Tim.
I'll place The Cherry Orchard in part 4...for critical study.
Is that fine as well?

Regards,
Mariam.

Tim Pruzinsky 24 August 2017 - 11:46

Hi Mariam,

Unfortunately, you can't. You have to have all works from the PLA and Chekov would be a work in translation.

Best,
Tim

Mariam Hussain 24 August 2017 - 14:19

Oh ok. I thought it's in the PLA as well

Mariam Hussain 25 August 2017 - 08:26

Hi Tim/David,
I've explored the option of another play:The Sea (Play: C 20) by Edward Bond from the PLA. Is it OK for Part 4 with Animal Farm by George Orwell and The importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde?

Regards,
Mariam.

Tim Pruzinsky 27 August 2017 - 02:48

Hi Mariam,

There is a huge question about "Animal Farm." Is it considered a novella? If so, you technically need two texts here according to the PLA. If you want to choose "Animal Farm," run your selection through IB Answers and ask if you have to teach two novellas for Part 4. This has always been unclear for me.

Best,
Tim

Mariam Hussain 28 August 2017 - 06:54

Hi Tim,
it's an allegorical novella. So changed my choice to Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe.

Katherine Adisa 25 August 2017 - 09:23

Hi Tim,
I'm currently making my text selections for both Parts 3 & 4. As I'm teaching in South Korea, I'm hoping that I can include a Korean text. Can you please check that the texts below will meet the IBO requirements:
Part 3: 'Gatsby', 'Doll's House' and (if it's allowed) 'Please Look After Mom', a novel by Kyung-Sook Shin. I'm hoping this can be counted as the text freely chosen.
Part 4: Mansfield - 'Garden Party ...', Hughes - 'Birthday Letters' and 'Macbeth'.
Does this combination work?
Thanks,
Kate

Tim Pruzinsky 27 August 2017 - 02:56

Hi Kate,

You can choose a text in translation as your free choice at HL and so "Please Look After Mom" is definitely acceptable.

I'm a bit more concerned with "Garden Party." I don't know the text myself. Is it just one short story? Or is it a collection of short stories? If you are teaching short stories in this part of the course, you will need to teach 5-10 according to the PLA requirements. As long as you meet that, your syllabus looks good to go!

Best,
Tim

Katherine Adisa 27 August 2017 - 12:48

Hi Tim,
That's great and thanks for your concern about the Mansfield, but fear not. It's a collection of about 15 short stories, properly titled 'The Garden Party and Other Stories'. Fantastic writing. We plan to study 8 of them.
All the best,
Kate

Elena Munoz 4 September 2017 - 13:29

Hello Tim,

may I choose "Pride and Prejudice" and "Crossing the Mangrove" by Maryse Conde as a text in translation for part 3, SL and "Top Girls" by Caryl Churchill and poetry by Grace Nichols for part 4, SL?
Thank you so much for your help, Elena

Tim Pruzinsky 5 September 2017 - 14:16

Hi Elena,

I think it looks good. You have two places, two genres, and two time periods. Your PLA and PLT choices work. And I love that you have all female authors - how rare to find in a syllabus! I'd say you are good to go!

Best,
Tim

Elena Munoz 6 September 2017 - 10:23

Thank you so much, Tim, for your prompt reply. Yes, I also admire all female writers and poets who are successful in such a 'male' profession :)

Sincerely,
Elena


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